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eFormGen Workflow Management System from ADVANTYS Supports XPDL

ADVANTYS Announces the Adoption of XPDL for its eFormGen Workflow Management System

Paris. January 23, 2003.

By adopting the XPDL standard (XML Process Definition Language) provided by the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC), eFormGen from ADVANTYS becomes one of the first solutions using this technology. ADVANTYS specializes in the implementation of high added-value solutions in the field of corporate Inter-Intra-Extranets. Using its eFormGen Workflow Management System, ADVANTYS provides a quick and simple means of processing and disseminating eForms for enhanced workflow.

"Adoption of the XPDL standard enhances the availability, quality and timeliness of management information regardless of location and technology deployed," said Jon Pyke, Chair of the WfMC and CTO Staffware Plc. "In bringing this solution to their customers, ADVANTYS has demonstrated that WfMC standards support the needs of vendors seeking a competitive edge."

With XPDL, eFormGen users benefit from an upgradeable and open technical solution to store process definitions:

  • save the process definition as a file which can easily be read by a third party software program
  • export/import the process definition to and from different eFormGen servers, even those running different versions
  • ensure the long-term viability and upgradeability of process definitions by using a standard format adopted by other editors (process design software and/or workflow engines)

"Having developed eFormGen based on WfMC concepts and model, we were seeking a technical solution to store process definitions. We were quickly convinced by the benefits of XPDL, which led us to develop support for this standard in order to satisfy our own requirements, as well as those of our clients," said Arnaud Bezancon, CTO, ADVANTYS.

Combining eFormGen and Acrobat PDF-format documents means end-users can change any printed document or form (hardcopy or electronic) into an eForm, which can be processed directly with any web browser. No special development is required, and each eForm only takes a few minutes to build.

Users view the forms online and enter and forward the content directly from their Internet, Intranet, or Extranet environment. All those involved in the workflow are informed in real time via e-mail of progress and any actionable items. Users can access their eForm account at any time to monitor on-going actions, or consult the completed process log.

eFormGen is based around a practical technical solution integrating proven development standards, including ASP, XML and SQL. eFormGen's technical architecture and its ability to integrate additional development provides for integration with existing databases and applications.


Established in 1995, ADVANTYS ( is specialized in the implementation of high added value solutions in the field of corporate Inter-Intra-Extranets. Most ADVANTYS clients are major companies, for which a rapid integration of the technology provides a genuine competitive advantage (ACCOR, CEA, COGEMA, Deloitte & Touche, Legrand, Saint Gobain, ST Microelectronics, etc).

Benefiting from years of experience in the implementation of Internet solutions, ADVANTYS offers a practical approach to technology to provide their clients with ergonomic, powerful and upgradeable software.



Alain Bezancon

About the Workflow Management Coalition

The WfMC (, founded in August 1993, is a non-profit, international organization of workflow vendors, users, analysts and university/research groups. The Coalition's mission is to promote and develop the use of workflow through the establishment of standards for software terminology, interoperability and connectivity between workflow products. Consisting of more than 300 members, spread throughout the world, the Coalition has become established as the primary standards body for the business process management market.

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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See XML-Based Workflow and Process Management Standards: XPDL, Wf-XML."

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